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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Microsoft SharePoint: Building Office 2003 Solutions
Publisher: Apress
Authors: Scot P. Hillier
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Not bad for a beginner SPS book

Here ares ome of the bugs i had encountered with this book

Missing hardware configuration on chapter 2 to start the 1.excersises in the book
2.Some steps on installing and running web parts past security poorly stated.
3.At time there was no data on the web page to demonstrate web part capabilities and other SPS features
4. Documents do not move on chapter 8
5. Cannot get testing Secure Access to work on chapter 10
6. Could not get the accelerartors to work on chapter 11

This book is a very good introduction to SPS and the reader does learn alot on the subject. However some of the interesting features do not work from the book due to poor description or bad writeup. however the author was very thorough in his coverage.

Product: Book - Hardcover
Title: Designing the User Interface : Strategies for Effective Human-Computer Interaction (4th Edition)
Publisher: Addison Wesley
Authors: Ben Shneiderman, Catherine Plaisant
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Another high quality Shneiderman textbook...

Now in its third printing, this book has served the students and practitioners of user interface designs for almost a generation. The book covers virtually every aspect of HCI and provides a comprehensive set of discussions regarding alternative presentation styles, different types of interaction devices, acceptable response times, windows management strategies, social impacts, and much more. Those readers familiar with Shneiderman's work will appreciate the extensive amount of real-world experience (with supportive examples) that has gone into producing such a book. For me, the most important revisions to this edition are his discussions on information visualization. - a mainstream HDI (human data interface) technique which is clearly presented in Chapter 15. This book is a staple and a "must have" for those involved with designing user interfaces.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Visual Basic.NET How to Program, Second Edition
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors: Harvey M. Deitel, Paul J. Deitel, Tem R. Nieto
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Don't believe the negative reviews

This book has a very distinctive layout seemingly intended to make it easier to read their extremely dense content. It is packed with useful introductory and moderate level VB.NET information, presented in a systematic teaching format more than a reference format, although it seems to be a compromise of both.
I recommend considering this book as a combination introduction and one-volume reference to VB.NET for those who are going to be primarily using that language for their work on the Dot Net framework, and especially for those who already have some programming experience. It covers programming basics well, but very concisely. The basics of Web Services, Web Forms, and various kinds of applications are covered in a solid fundamental way with useful but simple examples.
I also recommend peeking inside first to be sure that you don't find the distinctive layout too distracting. Their visually dramatic use of different colors and fonts (for example, they often use a larger font in addition to bolding, making the key terms jump out at you visually) makes it easier to find useful things quickly, but I think many people will find it tiresome when reading large portions of the book at once.
For those who find the layout too distracting but are impressed by the content and organization, another book in the same series, "Visual Basic .NET for Experienced Programmers" has much of the same content presented in a more subdued style more similar to most reference guides.
The book is a mixture of "how to" and textbook and contains a CD with code, and so will particularly appeal to those who want a strong formal background in the concepts but also want to get started immediately with programming. This book builds on working code samples in an effective way so that you can apply the concepts as you learn about them. This approach is obviously most fruitful if you already have the Visual Studio Dot Net installed and are ready to begin learning VB Dot Net.
This book is expensive but people who are reasonably comfortable with the way textbooks are organized will find this mixture of formal teaching and practical examples a very effective way to get involved in VB Dot Net programming and will refer back to this book frequently as a reference as well. I do not recommend this book for people already moderately experienced with VB Dot Net, as they will probably not find enough useful content to justify the price, even though it would help them solidify their basic understanding of the language.

Product: Book - Paperback
Title: A+ Certification for Dummies
Publisher: For Dummies
Authors: Ron Gilster
Rating: 4/5
Customer opinion - 4 stars out of 5
Passed both Hardware & OS with book

title says it all. there was several typos & errors but their easy to spot. cost effective. i should mention dont count on this book alone to get good scores, but its certainly enough to pass. i was curious to IT and got this book, read it once, and reviewed for 2 weeks and passed both actual tests.

again dont count on good scores with just this book alone. its your time and money you are spending on the test and investment into this industry.